Tackling the housing shortage

Germany is in desperate need of new homes – particularly in major cities and conurbations.

As one of the country’s biggest property companies, we help to create new places for people to live in growth regions. That's why Deutsche Wohnen is investing around EUR 7 billion in building new constructions over the next ten years. This investment will create around 90 projects with around 18,000 new homes. New construction projects are also planned in the Nursing and Assisted Living sector.
We want to help shape the neighbourhoods and cities of tomorrow, making them vibrant, modern and neighbourly.

Careful urban planning is crucial to achieving this. We also prioritise high-quality architecture and respect for existing building culture. People should be able to enjoy living in our neighbourhoods for 40 or 50 years or more. That’s why Deutsche Wohnen is making major investments in sustainable construction and having every project certified by the German Society for Sustainable Construction (DGNB e.V.)

“I know a lot of people who come up with all sorts of things to convince landlords - like writing heartwarming applications with baby photos.”

creates more living space in cities

Anna creates more affordable living space in cities

Cities have a space issue. This is mostly down to urbanisation: increasing numbers of people want to live and work in cities.

Demand for living space is rising faster than the number of new homes. This pushes up prices and often makes it tough to find an affordable home in metropolitan areas.

Anna is a new construction project manager at Deutsche Wohnen. She knows a lot of people personally who are urgently looking for somewhere new to live that suits their circumstances. They usually spend a long time looking, often to no avail.

It’s exactly these personal experiences that show Anna the value and importance of her work at Deutsche Wohnen. Working in new construction and project development, she is tackling the space issue and helping create new homes. One step towards this is architecture that creates space. This is achieved through efficient layouts that make the most of every single square metre.

Strategies for new, efficient living space

Another option is the so-called “densification” of inner-city areas – filling gaps in construction. The benefits of densification often include shorter journeys for residents and existing infrastructure. However, aspects of urban planning also play a key role in Anna’s work. She knows that green spaces like parks and meadows are crucial for quality of life and a pleasant atmosphere.

Disused spaces also offer new opportunities. One example is what is known as land recycling: renovating and repurposing old vacant industrial buildings to create space for new housing.

Moving forward together through dialogue

Yet cities can grow in the suburbs, as well as their centre: one example of this is in Krampnitz, on the outskirts of Potsdam, where a whole new area is taking shape. Anna and her colleagues are working in close collaboration with urban planners as part of this project. This allows them to represent the interests of future tenants in discussions with authorities and other project stakeholders from an early stage. This gives new tenants a voice in the neighbourhood before construction has even begun. Where life lives, before anyone has even moved in.

With the “Life lives here” campaign, Anna wants to answer those who have reservations about property companies. Housing is an emotive issue for her too. That's exactly why dialogue is so important, she says. It’s only by communicating with people that we can show the contribution Deutsche Wohnen is actually making to improve city life.

More information on our projects tackling the
housing shortage

Sustainable building in Westend

The new Westend neighbourhood is one of the biggest rental-property development projects in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. It replaces an old, simpler development from the 1950s, which was originally built as temporary accommodation for members of the US and British armed forces. The project is planned to include around 665 new apartments in total.

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Schützengarten: new construction in Dresden, a cultural hub

Not far from the historic old town and the famous Zwinger palace, Deutsche Wohnen will be building a brand-new residential neighbourhood in the years to come that is set to change the face of the city: the Schützengarten. The name of the new neighbourhood is inspired by its original use in the 19th century. With this new development, Deutsche Wohnen is creating urgently needed living space in Saxony’s growing capital. It’s also an opportunity to ‘repair’ the city a little – new life will soon arrive where dreary office buildings once stood.

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Wustermark-Elstal. A garden estate in full flourish

A rough diamond is being made a gem in this modernisation project in Elstal. At the heart of this transformation is the full renovation of a listed railway estate in the Brandenburg municipality. Now, the crowning glory of the estate will be the development of four new innovative and sustainable apartment buildings with a solid-wood construction.

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More new construction projects

We want to create new space for people to live in. We are taking this responsibility side by side with municipalities. We want to be a strong partner, helping to develop sustainable urban neighbourhoods offering outstanding quality of life. Here, we present a few more of the projects we have planned for the future.

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